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NAMM Metal Jam 2014

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NAMM Metal Jam 2014

2014 NAMM Metal Jam Details

Show Organized By DEATHRIDERS/original ANTHRAX vocalist Neil Turbin and Dave Reffett, Guitarist

Present and former members of WHITESNAKE, DIO, ANTHRAX, KORN, KING DIAMOND, RISING FORCE, ALCATRAZZ and more will take part in the 2014 NAMM Metal Jam Wednesday, January 22, at the Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood, California.

The show was organized by DEATHRIDERS/original ANTHRAX vocalist Neil Turbin and Dave Reffett, guitarist and GuitarWorld.com blogger.

Turbin and Reffett will co-headline the event with Michael Angelo Batio and the Metal All-Star Jam, which will feature present/former members of WHITESNAKE, DIO, ANTHRAX, KORN, KING DIAMOND, RISING FORCE, the IRON MAIDENS and more.

The event also will feature present and former members of Ted Nugent’s band, Alice Cooper’s band, STARZ, AGENT STEEL, HOLY GRAIL, SCAR SYMMETRY, NITRO, CHASTAIN and more. You can check out the complete lineup below. It takes place one day prior to the 2014 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, which runs January 23 to 26.

NAMM Metal Jam is an all-ages event.

Check out the details:

What: NAMM Metal Jam 2014
Featuring: Michael Angelo Batio, Neil Turbin, Dave Reffett and the NAMM Metal Jam All-Stars (See lineup below)
Where and When: Whisky A Go Go, 8901 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. PST Wednesday, January 22; all ages

Tickets: ticketweb.com
More information: nammmetaljam.com

Scheduled to appear:

The “Metal Jam” portion of the show will feature an array of guest all-star performers. The official lineup of artists on this year’s event is:

Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent) – Vocals, Guitar
Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper) – Drums
Michael Devin (WHITESNAKE) – Bass Guitar
Rowan Robertson (DIO, DC4) – Guitar
Mark Boals (DIO DISCIPLES, RING OF FIRE, Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s RISING FORCE) – Vocals
Michael Angelo Batio (Solo artist, NITRO, HOLLAND) – Guitar
Neil Turbin (DEATHRIDERS, ANTHRAX) – Vocals
Dave Reffett (SHREDDING THE ENVELOPE) – Guitar
Matt Thompson (KING DIAMOND) – Drummer
Bill Hudson (EMPHATIC, CIRCLE II CIRCLE, CELLADOR) – Guitar
Ralph Santolla (OBITUARY, DEICIDE) – Guitar
Per Nilsson (SCAR SYMMETRY) – Guitar
Aquiles Priester (ANGRA, HANGAR, Vinnie Moore)
Andrea Martongelli (ARTHEMIS) – Guitar
Mike Hansen (HURRICANE, George Lynch, Steve Vai) – Drums
Tony Cavazo (HURRICANE) – Bass Guitar
Mitch Stewart (CIRCLE II CIRCLE) – Bass Guitar
Jeff Williams (ONSLAUGHT) – Bass Guitar
Eli Santana (HOLY GRAIL) – Guitar
Courtney Cox (THE IRON MAIDENS) – Guitar
Linda MacDonald (THE IRON MAIDENS) – Drums
Kirsten Rosenberg (THE IRON MAIDENS) – Vocals
Rigo Amezcua (AGENT STEEL) – Drums
Juan Garcia (AGENT STEEL, MASTERS OF METAL) – Guitar
Shane Gibson (KORN) – Guitar
Robert Cardenas (POSSESSED, AGENT STEEL) – Bass Guitar
Jeff Bowders (Paul Gilbert Band, G3, POD) – Drums
Veronica Freeman (BENEDICTUM) – Vocals
Leather Leone (CHASTAIN) – Vocals
Clammy (EXCITER) – Bass Guitar
Greg Walls (ANTHRAX) – Guitar
Howie Simon (ALCATRAZZ, NELSON) – Guitar
Dino Deluke (SLEDD, NEMESIS) – Drums
Peter Deluke (SLEDD, NEMESIS) – Keyboards
August Zadra (Dennis DeYoung (STYX) Band) – Guitar
Michael Lee Smith (STARZ, LOOKING GLASS, HELLCATS) – Vocals
Steve “Zeus” Johnstad (MAYDAY, SON, NRG) – Vocals
Thane Farace (GHOST OF WAR, BLOODIED ANGELS) – Guitar
Stuart Fujinami (REVEREND, HERETIC) – Guitar
Annie Grunwald (FORMLESS) – Guitar
Sean Elg (DEATHRIDERS, NIHILIST) – Drums
Arnold Gonzalez (DEATHRIDERS) – Guitar
Michael Lopez (DEATHRIDERS) – Bass
Casey Trask (DEATHRIDERS) – Guitar
Joe Gettler (RAZORMAZE) – Guitar
Xander Demos (SABBATH JUDAS SABBATH) – Guitar
Joe Rose (Michael Angelo Batio’s Intermezzo album) – Guitar
Lisa Margaroli (CELEBRITY TRASH) – Vocals
Dan Lauzon (ENTROPY, E-FORCE) – Guitar
Jessie Sanchez (Bonded By Blood) – Bass

Special host MC: Caleb Smith of New Zealand’s The Sick Room radio show. Sponsored by Madison Amps LLC. – See more at: http://www.knac.com/article.asp?ArticleID=10734#sthash.1yzerTzy.dpuf

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Randy Rhoads Remembered Special Guest Vocalist Neil Turbin

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Randy Rhoads Remembered Special Guest Vocalist Neil Turbin

“I met Randy Rhoads with Ozzy Osbourne August 14, 1981 at Nassau Coliseum in NY. Def Leppard was opening. My girlfriend worked for Leber-Krebs who was Def Leppard’s management. I was in their dressing room with my GF before Def Leppard arrived. DL got settled in the room said hello straight away. They were all cool, friendly and humble guys. The next thing I noticed was these off the chart super hot girls that the band brought with them. It looked like half of 12 months of the Playboy calendar showing up in the room. As we were hanging out, in walked Ozzy and Randy introducing themselves to everyone. I was blown away that just happened. How does a kid from Queens get the chance to meet the amazing Randy Rhoads and Ozzy too! It was an incredible evening and experience which I remember well.

I brought my cassette tape recorder and remember Def Leppard were good that night. Then came Blizzard of Ozz with Randy Rhoads. When Randy hit the stage with Ozzy it was a sight to behold. He had this incredible stage presence and great unique heavy metal style. As they started to play their first song, “I Don’t Know,” the crowd went apeshit. When Randy played the pinch harmonics and they bounced off the roof of the Nassau Coliseum it sounded like Zeus came down from the heavens with lightning and thunder. Then Randy played these super shredding speedy licks within the nuances of the song. It was like he was shooting lightning bolts from his guitar. His guitar tone and playing on his signature 1974 Gibson Les Paul was so on fucking fire. Randy blew everyones doors off and the band was tight as fuck and killed it hard. Ozzy was at his peak. I will never forget it. It made a huge impression and impact on how I approached music and singing. It was one of the coolest moments I can ever remember. A total game changer. Good thing I still have the cassette tape of it. I was compelled to buy one of the Randy Rhoads signature Les Pauls 1974 Reissue VOS. Randy’s tone and pinch harmonics were some of the best things I’ve ever heard come from a guitar ever. That was some serious next level Holy Shit.

I am extremely honored and super stoked to be part of the Randy Rhoads Remembered Event that honors the late great pioneer of shred guitar Randy Rhoads.

~ Neil Turbin (DEATHRIDERS, Anthrax)

Regarding the brand new celebration, Randy Rhoads Remembered, Tichy also went on to say, “When the opportunity arose to have the venue a 2nd night, I catered to the guitarist in me and went for a brand new show as my partner, Joe Sutton, and myself had talked of this while brainstorming ideas over the years. We decided to take the Bonzo Bash template and celebrate the music and wizardry of one of rock’s truly legendary guitar heroes; Randy Rhoads! Having grown up at a time when Randy took over the guitar world, he impacted me deeply. It seemed that a show in the Bonzo Bash mold would be perfect to celebrate all things Randy Rhoads!
With that said, in addition to the superb list of guitarists, I am psyched to announce some more of the world’s most brilliant players to RRR!!!; Marty Friedman, Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne / Firewind,) Mats Leven (vox- Candlemass / Yngwie Malmsteen,) Mitch Perry(Lita Ford / Edgar Winter,) former Randy Rhoads’ student Janet Robin (Precious Metal / Lindsey Buckingham / Air Supply,) Phil X (The Drills / Bon Jovi.) We have not yet begun to rock! We are not yet finished with these lineups! Plus, anything can change up to day of show… and usually does!!
I must also give a big thanks to photographer Jay Banbury! He has taken some of the most iconic
live photos of Randy Rhoads. Jay has graciously allowed us to use one for our concert poster and t-shirt! Go to Jay’s website and order up some killer Randy posters now! (www.139creative.com)
I can’t forget to also mention that our bud Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol / Big Noize) has become an additional member of the RRR house band, “The Madmen.” Rudy Sarzo is on tour with Queensrcyhe up to rehearsal day, so Phil is helping out on a nice chunk of tunes!
We also have to tell everyone to go visit the ultimate Randy Rhoads Facebook page,“Randy Rhoads Society” (www.Facebook.com/RandyRhoadsSociety) These guys are hardcore!”

CONFIRMED GUITARISTS:
Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme)
Phil Demmel (Machine Head)
Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne / Firewind)
Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
Tracii Guns
Marty Friedman
Kiko Loureiro (Angra)
Mitch Perry (Lita Ford / Edgar Winter)
Rowan Robertson (Dio / DC4)
Janet Robin (Precious Metal / Lindsey Buckingham / Air Supply)
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses)
Brent Woods (The Moby Dicks / Vince Neil)
Phil X (The Drills / Bon Jovi)
And many more to come!!

VERY SPECIAL GUESTS:
Kelle Rhoads (vox)
Neil Turbin (DeathRiders/ Anthrax) vocals

THE MADMEN:
Stephen LeBlanc (Jason Bonham’s Led Zep Exp. / The Moby Dicks) keys
Robert Mason (Warrant / Lynch Mob / Ozzy Osbourne) vox
Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne / Quiet Riot / Whitesnake) bass
Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne / Big Noize / Billy Idol) bass
Brian Tichy (S.U.N. / Whitesnake / Foreigner / Ozzy Osbourne) drums

GUITARIST QUOTES:

“Watching Randy at 10am in the Oakland coliseum was my 1st concert experience and it was life changing. It made me want to not only play guitar, but to perform with passion and emotion. I’m beyond honored to be part of this celebration of a true legend and an immense inspiration.”
~ Phil Demmel (Machine Head)

“As a kid I was a huge Sabbath fan, and was curious to see Ozzy`s solo band. I was lucky to see them on their first US tour at the Baltimore Civic Center. I had no idea who anyone in the band was. I couldn`t take my eyes off the charisma, excitement and overall coolness of the guitarist, Randy. He completely stole the show. I was just becoming a decent player myself back then, so seeing him really made me up my game. — At that time, Ozzy wasn`t the mainstream personality he is now, there was a shroud of darkness and even desperation around him and his departure from Sabbath at a time when Sabbath had all but fallen out of vogue. Randy was a beacon of light, literally lighting up the stage with his flashy guitar work and upbeat performance. I am convinced that he is a huge part of Ozzy`s longterm success. Tragically we lost him way too early. It`s nice to see that so many years later people have not forgotten the joy he brought to music, so it`s absolutely my pleasure to honor him by participating in Randy Rhoads Remembered concert.”
~ Marty Friedman

“Everybody knows that Randy Rhoads has been an inspiration to all generations of guitar players after him. But to me Randy was not only inspirational for his playing and writing skills, but for his attitude as well. I loved how low profile and humble of a person he was, always learning and moving forward. He was a servant of Music and that inspired me (and many others) on a whole different level. I’m truly honored to participate in RRR and celebrate Randy Rhoads’ life and music alongside these great musicians!”
~ Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne / Firewind)

“Randy entered my soul like a lightning bolt and has remained there throughout my life.
He was like a magician but it was all real.”
~ Tracii Guns

I absolutely wore out my cassettes of Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman when I was starting out. Randy was one of my earliest influences. Those influences are special to me because it’s before I’d acquired enough musical skill to hear things differently than a non-player/musician. He was a part of music that was/is full of “magic” and for that reason Randy is one of those players who will ALWAYS remain special in my heart. Also, as the son of two classical musicians, I admire his musical versatility and open-mindedness that obviously had a great effect on young rockers. I’m totally honored to be a part of this amazing event!”

~ Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger / Rock of Ages / Trans Siberian Orchestra)

“Randy is one of the most amazing virtuosos of all times. His unique, personal style and his fearless melodic approach caught my attention when I was discovering the electric guitar. I have spent many days in my teenager times trying to figure out how to play his awesome solos and riffs. I am excited and honored to be invited to join the incredible line-up of guitar players on “Randy Rhoads Remembered.” Each of us getting up on stage to pay tribute to a great guitar player that is a source of inspiration to generations of musicians.”
~ Kiko Loureiro (Angra)

“I am totally honored to be a part of “Randy Rhoads Remembered”. Randy was a great musician whose talents influenced a generation of guitarists as we will see by the stellar lineup of players I will be joining on January 25th. Knowing everyone involved with this show (and previously working with Brian Tichy and Joe Sutton on “The Bonzo Bash”) I know this is going to be a night we will all be proud to have been a part of…”
~ Mitch Perry (Lita Ford / Edgar Winter)

Throughout the history guitar playing, there have been the undisputed masters of different genres. When it comes to the the nineteen eighties sound of hard rock guitar, in my mind, the two colossi have to be Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads. They did it better than the rest. Everyone has their corner and their mark of brilliance, but have to be, in my mind, relegated to ‘best of the rest.’ What I do, and so many others like me do, Randy wrote the book on, and showed us the way.
~ Rowan Robertson (Dio/ DC4)

“Randy’s approach to fusing classical music with heavy metal was so unique. I studied his playing like mad. Even his gear – I was reading all the magazines to see what he used, and I bought my first Marshall amp because that’s what he played through. Randy was definitely an early guitar hero of mine. He was unlike anybody around at the time. He played with such fire, grace and intelligence. Randy Rhoads’ playing still stuns me.”
~ Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses)

“I am so psyched to get this show together! Randy’s playing, and the music on those 2 Ozzy records were huge to me! I am a drummer but I also started putting a lot of time into guitar at the same time Randy came out. I heard Ozzy being interviewed on the radio when Blizzard Of Ozz was released. They played “I Don’t Know” and when the guitar kicked in I was floored and I was an instant fan! I spent countless hours trying to learn Randy’s songs, riffs and solos while I was also just a beginner on guitar. I tried to learn Randy’s live solo note for note! I had Randy’s posters on my basement walls! I still have those posters framed in my house right now! Brent Woods and I even shared a bottle of Randy Rhoads wine when it first came out!”
~ Brian TIchy (S.U.N.)

“31 years after the tragic death of my mentor and favorite guitar player, it’s time for a proper celebration of Randy’s legacy. Being involved with the Bonzo Bash since day one, I know Randy Rhoads Remembered will be a tribute unlike any other.”
~ Brent Woods (The Moby Dicks / Vince Neil)

“After school 1981. Drop the needle. ‘Blizzard Of Ozz’. WTF?!?! The guy who took the 6 in the pentatonic scale and made it minor instead of major so that ANYONE who plays it in sequence to this day is reminded of Randy Rhoads.
His heart, his soul, his choice of notes. His FIRE. That kind of inspiration stays with you ’til death. And now… 2014. Randy Rhoads Remembered. A bunch of as-inspired awesome musicians paying homage to this amazing guy who contributed SO MUCH to ROCK guitar. I am so excited to be a part of it. I CAN’T F@CKING WAIT!”

~ Phil X (The Drills / Bon Jovi / “Session Guy” for Rob Zombie / Alice Cooper /
Chris Cornell / Tommy Lee / Halestorm / Avril Lavigne / Daughtry)

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Neil Turbin Original Anthrax Vocalist Vocal Clinic Mexico Tour 2014

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Original “Anthrax” Vocalist Neil Turbin and Renowned Guitarist Dave Reffett To Rock Mexico City
Hard Rock & Metal virtuoso/”Guitar World” columnist/”Dangerous Guitar” video instructor Dave Reffett and original Anthrax vocalist Neil Turbin will conduct Master Classes at Rock Art Metal School in Mexico City, Mexico this January.

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Dave Reffett And Neil Turbin Will Perform In Mexico City, Mexico
Dave Reffett And Neil Turbin Will Perform In Mexico City, Mexico
PRLog (Press Release) – Jan. 5, 2014 – MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Hard Rock & Metal virtuoso/”Guitar World” columnist/”Dangerous Guitar” video instructor Dave Reffett will perform a “Guitar Clinic Masterclass” on January 17th, 2014 at the “Rock Art Metal School” in Mexico City. Reffett will share with Mexican guitar enthusiasts his tips, techniques and approach to his unique style of playing. Reffett has played with the best of the best in music, players such as: Guthrie Govan, Jeff Loomis (Nevermore), Michael Romeo (Symphony X), Mike Mangini (Dream Theater), Michael Angelo Batio, Rusty Cooley, Craig Goldy (Ronnie James Dio) and George Lynch (Dokken) just to name a few.

Original “Anthrax” vocalist Neil Turbin (who sang on the groups 1st album “Fistful Of Metal”) will be doing a “Vocal / Singing clinic masterclass” at the “Rock Art Metal School” on January 18th, 2014. Then Reffett & Turbin will be performing a concert that night on January 18th, 2014 at the “Comandancia Metal Club” in Mexico City.

Opening the concert will be Mexican metal masters Calvaria, Lead Soldier, Metallium Band Master’s, and The Sexorcist.

For more information email: dreffett@alumni.berklee.edu

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DeathRiders announce Stay Screamin’ 2011 European Tour

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DeathRiders announce Stay Screamin’ 2011 European Tour
(feat. Neil Turbin Original Voice of Anthrax)
Fistful Of Metal Alive Europe

6/5/2011 Highway to DOKK’EM Open Air Popodium Romein – Leeuwarden, NL
7/5/2011 Metal Bash Open Air Schiesssport Anlage – Neu Wulmstorf, DE
9/5/2011 Little Devil Rawk ‘N’ Roll Cafe Stationsstraat 27 – Tilburg, NL
10/5/2011 Bastard Club Buersche Str.8 49074 Osnabrück- Osnabrück, DE
12/5/2011 Escape Metal Corner Neustiftgasse 116-118 A-1070 – Wien, AT
14/5/2011 The Ace Rock & Metal Club Hochstraße 46 – Berlin, DE
More Dates TBA

DEATHRIDERS feature interview in RockinforM Magazine, Hungary March 2010 issue on Newsstands Now!

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RockinforM Magazine Hungary March 2010 Issue – 2 Page Feature DEATH RIDERS Interview                               

DEATHRIDERS – THE NEWEST THRASH ATTACK! Interview by BANFALVI AKOS   Photography by JUSTICE HOWARD

– Neil, thank you for agreeing to do this interview! Can you give readers a little background on yourself? Has music always been so important for you?

One day when I was thirteen, ice hockey suddenly became less important and music took its place. I started playing in my first band The NEWRACE, performing at venues such as CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City and Great Gildersleeve’s at fifteen. Then after The NEWRACE broke-up, I joined a band called AMRA in 1982, which was a progressive metal/hard rock band. I had 5 years of writing songs and playing clubs in NYC before I eventually joined Anthrax in the Summer of 1982.

– Who do you think your biggest influences are musically?

Growing up in NYC, I was a big fan of Accept, Riot, Saxon, Motörhead, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, KISS, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and of course great metal vocalists like Dio, Halford, DiAnno and Dickinson. They really inspired me in the early eighties.  Nowadays I also listen to bands such as Hibria, Nocturnal Rites, Kreator, Destruction and too many other great bands to list.

– You were the first powerhouse vocalist of thrash metal and original lead singer of Anthrax. How did you get hooked up with Anthrax in 1982? Overall, how would you describe your time as a member of Anthrax? Do you look back on it all with a certain fondness?

Scott Rosenfeld called me in response to a month old ad I placed in a local music paper and I told him I was unavailable at that time.   After leaving the band Amra, I called Scott back a month later, to see if they still had no singer. I met with Scott Rosenfeld and Danny Lilker first,  then jammed with the entire band including members Greg Walls (Guitar) and Dave Weiss (Drums) and joined the band a couple of days later.

In my two years with Anthrax, I helped to pioneer Thrash Metal during the “Groundbreaking Era” of the band.  I helped put Anthrax on the metal map with “Fistful Of Metal” and the first North American Tour.  My songs were on the first three albums and many subsequent re-recordings and greatest hits releases.

I don’t look back, I only look forward!!!!  I have no nostalgic feelings whatsoever about Anthrax.  I have a lot of good memories of the rabid metal fans who got to experience Thrash Metal for the first time.

– You penned such songs as Metal Thrashing Mad, Armed and Dangerous, and Deathrider. How does it feel to know that these songs have defined a genre and are now regarded as classics?

When I created the ideas for these songs, I knew exactly what they were. I was compelled from within to write them and I’m glad that metal fans appreciate them the way that I do. I am aware of the fact that DEATHRIDERS songs will always be compared to these Metal Anthems, but I’m the same person who wrote them and will always continue to write METAL THRASHING!!!! songs in the same vein.

– Why were you fired from the band only after two years?

I hung in there for as long as humanly possible.  After we went out on the road twice in 1984, the other members of the band and the management formed a coup against me, therefore making it impossible to continue to work together.   They couldn’t deal with the fact that I was getting a lot more attention than they were comfortable with.  Charlie Benante and Scott Rosenfeld insisted on pushing the songwriting in a totally different direction and I stood my ground when I was writing Armed And Dangerous and Gung Ho.  That’s part of the reason we had to separate.

– Are you still in contact with some of your former Anthrax pals? What do you think about the vocalists changes they went through nowadays?

Actually yes, the original Anthrax lead guitarist Greg Walls recently contacted me on his trip out to Winter NAMM 2010. About their vocalist changes… it’s not what I think about it, it’s what the fans think about it.

– In 2003 you made a great solo album called “Threatcon Delta”. Could you tell us about this please?

I signed a record deal with Metal Mayhem in August 2001 to record my first solo album “Threatcon Delta”.  The songs were a combined effort of myself and different collaborators.  It gave me the opportunity to play with some great musician friends that I have a tremendous amount of admiration and respect for.

– Deathriders is named after one of your songs and was formed in 2003 to support your solo album “Threatcon Delta”. Is Deathriders only a solo project or a real band?

Of course DEATHRIDERS is a real band!!!! We did 25 shows last year in 2009 including Germany twice on our “Double Vengeance European Tour” and toured Japan and the US together in 2008 as well as Sweden Rock, Monterrey Metal Fest, Thrash Against Cancer and Rocklahoma.  DEATHRIDERS has been touring together for over 5 years. We are currently recording our debut album “Back With A Vengeance”.  The band and I are collaborating with one of the top guitarists in Sweden, Jonas Hornqvist of the band Treasure Land on songwriting and recording. We’ve also been playing the last three years with Michael Angelo Batio as a special guest on select dates. The name of the band is DEATHRIDERS for a reason.  It represents an important part of my history and THRASH METAL!!!!

– Please give us some details on the current lineup of Deathriders. How did you find these members and what have they added to the bands sound?

Sandy K. Vasquez (Bass) joined the band after we played Sweden Rock in 2006. Sandy brings a solid foundation and groove, and plays incredibly fast with his fingers that most others play with a pick.
Mike Guerrero (Guitar) is known as “Tapping Ninja”, joined DEATHRIDERS in 2007 before our Japan tour along with Dave Watson (Guitar). Both Mike and Dave bring a twin guitar attack and do justice to the metal thrashing madness that is DEATHRIDERS.
Dave Chedrick (Drums) joined us one year ago with his dynamic double bass and as a band we’ve played 25 concerts in 2009.
Collectively the band has brought a lot of old school experience with them and the hunger to stay thrashing.
For more detailed information on the band check out: www.DEATHRIDERS.net/presskit.html

You guys are working on your debut album, right? How would you describe your debut album “Back With A Vengeance” musically?

DEATHRIDERS is a force to be reckoned with and we’re ready to thrash!!!! “Back With A Vengeance” picks up where “Fistful Of Metal” left off.

What record label will it be on? And maybe any word on a release date?

A few labels have already contacted us. When the album is fully recorded, mixed and mastered that’s when the final decision will be made. From the standpoint of negotiation it would be much stronger to have a finished product that is ready to go.  Before that point in time I’m not going to speculate. We’re as anxious as the fans are and we are making every possible effort to have our debut album come out as soon as possible. We are actively working on it.  The goal is to put out a remarkable Kick Ass Metal Album and not just another album.

– Please give the readers a preview of the new songs and thoughts.

Check out www.reverbnation.com/deathriders and give me YOUR thoughts on the new DEATHRIDERS songs which are already online.

– What was the songwriting process like? Can you tell us what you were going through during the writing of the album?

Most of the songs I’ve collaborated with Jonas Hornqvist and DEATHRIDERS on, and a couple of  songs I wrote the lyrics and music to all on my own, like “Riders Of The Apocalypse” and “Until We’re Dead or Motorhead”. Our focus is on an aggressive and intense thrashing album like “Fistful Of Metal” for the old school fans. The songtitles and lyrics deal with a number of very personal subjects: Screaming In My Head, Crimson Warrior, Give Em Hell, Bridges Will Burn.

– What’s your main goal with this CD?

Our main goal is to make a CD that will stay in your stereo or i-pod in constant rotation. We wanna put out an album that makes the fans happy and that will thrash like fistful of metal 2.

– Your voice sounds as tremendous as back in the day. It is flawless. How do you keep your voice in shape?

Once you get to a certain level as a vocalist and you’re really familiar with your instrument and how it works, you better understand the parameters and what it takes to warm up or have your voice in a more flexible state, so it is prepared to reach upper, middle and lower registers seamlessly. The most important thing for any vocalist is to have enough sleep and rest (8 hours) for the voice to repair itself.  On the road this is very hard to do, which makes it challenging even for the best there is.

How would you compare today with the heydays and the craziness of the 80’s. Was it much different than it is today? Was it more exciting back then?

The eighties were a challenging and exciting time of breaking new ground and pioneering thrash metal. Today it is even better since in 2009, DEATHRIDERS have played more shows than ever before and we’re not looking in the rear view mirror.  We just KEEP MARCHING ON!!!!

– Thanks for giving us some minutes for answering this exclusive interview. And finally, anything else you would like to add?

Keep the Metal Strong!!!! And Stay Thrashing!!!!

/Neil T

DEATH RIDERS Confirmed For Mexico City’s Carnival Metal Fest 2009

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2009 by deathridersblog

DEATHRIDERS Confirmed For Mexico City’s Carnival Metal Fest 2009

http://www.bravewords.com/news/108448

Posted on Monday, March 09, 2009 at 13:45:19 EST

DEATHRIDERS (Neil Turbin – Vocals, Sandy K. Vasquez – Bass, Dave Watson – Guitar, Mike Guerrero – Guitar, Dave Chedrick – Drums) will be returning to Mexico for the first time since 2005 Monterrey Metal Fest II to Teatro Las Torres in Mexico City, MX on Saturday, March 28th for Carnival Metal Fest 2009.

Other acts on the bill include: EXCITER, ENTOMBED, LIZZY BORDEN, RONNY MUNROE, SOTHIS, DREAMLORE, SPLIT HEAVEN, EVILHEART, VOLTAX, RAPED GOD.

Further festival details here.

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=115772

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